On Wednesday 13th April 2016, Michael McManus will be demonstrating ‘A Figurative Street Scene’ in Watercolour – one not to miss!!
This will take place at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh commencing at 7.30 pm. Members and their guests are welcome with a small charge.
Michael McManus was born in a small village just outside Cambridge, and while at school, the only subject he was really interested in was art, particularly relief sculpture. He has done a variety of jobs throughout my life, none of which fulfil the creative side of his nature, and that’s probably why thirty years or so after leaving school, he thought he would take up art again.
He began with acrylics and then moved on to oils, but he was never happy with his efforts. He realised he needed to learn the art of painting from the beginning again and enrolled in an art course at the local college. However, the only course available was for watercolour, so he thought he woul give it a go!
From there on he was hooked on watercolour and he now paints exclusively in that medium. His style is direct application of paint with no overlay of washes as he believes this gives the finished painting the transparency so desired by many watercolour artists.
He believes that anyone who is passionate enough about painting can learn to paint. It’s a continual learning experience, but very rewarding when it all comes together and you finish up with a painting you’re happy with.
He runs a weekly watercolour class, and also do occasional day workshops for art groups.
His subjects are taken from everyday life, from the UK to France, Spain, Greece – anywhere there’s a moment to be captured in watercolour.
Available on that night will be places for Brian Coppard’s workshop on 27th April 2016 at £5.00 per head – see Val Belverstone to book your place. The theme will be ‘Architecture in Watercolour’ with a difference – should be good, so make a date in your diary.